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Finding an EMS Partner: Making the Right Connection

September 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

There are few things in life as important as chemistry. Oh, not that class you took in high school. I’m talking about the connection you have with other people. It’s difficult to describe but you know it when you feel it.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, EMS

Sourcing PCBA: Can Your EMS Supplier Do More?

August 22, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’re in the market for some printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for your new product and you need to find the right supplier. You've looked online, gotten recommendations from friends and the choices are dizzying. Should you look domestically or overseas? What do you do now? Sourcing PCBA doesn't have to be difficult, but there are two basic questions you need to answer. 

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, EMS, PCBA

Think Twice Before Seeking Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) on Alibaba

May 17, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth, has been killing it, especially since its September 2014 US IPO, when the company raised a remarkable $25 billion. According to ForbesAlibaba posted 54% sales growth in its first earnings report following the IPO. Today the company has a market capitalization of nearly $200 billion and a brought in a net revenue exceeding $12 billion in 2015.

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Who are the Best EMS Companies for Me?

May 05, 2015 by Andy Reese

So here’s the situation.  You have been sourcing domestically from the prototype phase through the first few production runs up to 1,000.  Your product is starting to grow and in order for you to grow your business, and potentially reduce cost, you decide to start exploring an additional or new EMS provider. 

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Is my EMS CM also an ODM?

April 14, 2015 by Andy Reese

Working with engineers is very similar to working with military personnel in that to communicate effectively you need to learn acronyms quickly!  Follow along - OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) work with CMs (Contract Manufacturers) to bolster their supply chain.  If your OEM produces electronics than your CM might be an EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services).  The real question is this:  Is your EMS also your ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) or are they helping with DFM (Design for Manufacturing/Manufacturability)?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, EMS

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